Competition between fatigue crack propagation and wear

H. Fan*, L. M. Keer, W. Cheng, H. S. Cheng

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Based on a semi-empirical derivation of the Paris fatigue law, the fatigue crack length a is related to the yield limit or flow stress, which ultimately is related to the hardness of the material. The analysis considers together the cyclic loading, which tends to increase the surface crack length, and the wear, which tends to decrease the crack length at the surface, and shows that under certain conditions a stable crack length may be developed. Experiments conducted on two test groups ((i) H = 58.5 and (ii) H = 62.7) tend to support the present analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (Paper)
StatePublished - 1992
EventASME/STLE Tribology Conference - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Oct 18 1992Oct 21 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering

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